Don Edwards' rendition of the song "Coyotes" embodies the spirit of the American West and the need to sit down, slow down, and take a break from the hi-tech treadmill of life. Don's story captures a true American spirit. It will put you in touch with Cowboy culture and the need to connect to animals and the land.
And they go... hoo yip hoo yip hoo
hoodi hoo di yip hoo di yip hoo
hoo yip hoo yip hoo
hoo di hoo di yip hoo di yip hoo
“Coyotes” is an American Western song written by Bob McDill and closely associated with Don Edwards himself. It appears on Edwards' 1993 album Goin' Back to Texas and was featured on the soundtrack of the 2005 documentary film Grizzly Man.
The Great American Country network named "Coyotes" as one of their Top 20 Cowboy and Cowgirl Songs. Also, members of the Western Writers of America chose it as one of the Top 100 Western songs of all time.
In a 2010 interview with Cowboys & Indians magazine, Edwards said "Bob McDill wrote the song in 1984 or '85 and couldn't pitch it to anyone. He put it in a drawer in his office and forgot about it until we started recording at Warner Brothers."
The song is a story of what happens to a man when the world as he knows it and worked in it begins to disappear. Among the things that the protagonist says "are gone" are nineteenth-century people, animals and concepts that contemporary listeners may not be familiar with: Pancho Villa, longhorns, drovers, Comanches, outlaws, Geronimo, Sam Bass, the lion, the red wolf, Quantrill (sounds like Quantro in the song, and Stand Watie. In the end, the protagonist is gone, too.
And when the coyotes, they sing in the park
It's when the city lights start fallin' for the sea
While them roads are windin' down
And the flying men'll hit the ground
Every motion is close to the touch
And the coyotes sing when they call on your lovin'
As we all know, songs are lyrical poems. To add to our knowledge, Cowboy poetry and music started in the 1880's soon after the Civil War influenced by the cattle drives. Waddie Mitchell, an American cowboy poet, states:
"When you don't have electricity or TV, Cowboys tend to tell stories of their experiences either by poetry or song."
The Cowboys had a connection to each other, their animals (usually horses and cows) and the land (the wide open spaces and the stars above them).